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Amy Brandon, Avery Dakin & Jah’Mila release new music

The new releases from the trio of Halifax-based artists run the musical gamut of classical, soul and a fusion of hip-hop, reggae, and Celtic music.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the music industry in Nova Scotia, with the Creative Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia Awards being handed out recently. And now, three Halifax-based musicians – Amy Brandon, Avery Dakin & Jah’Mila – have all released new music in recent days.

Amy Brandon – Simulacra

Nova Scotian composer Amy Brandon‘s cello concerto, Simulacra. Recorded in January of 2023 with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Symphony Nova Scotia, the work was conducted by Karl Hirzer in a live performance as part of Upstream Music’s Open Waters Festival at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax.

Now available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud Pro, the single is the first release from a new album anticipated in early 2024, which will include chamber pieces by Brandon performed by Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Paramirabo, Chartreuse Trio, and the Alkali Ensemble.

"The title of the cello concerto, Simulacra, refers to Baudrillard’s famous book on semiotics and the concept of 'a copy that does not have an original’, or the idea that sometimes we create our identities out of nothing, becoming hyperreal," says composer Amy Brandon (photo above).
“The title of the cello concerto, Simulacra, refers to Baudrillard’s famous book on semiotics and the concept of ‘a copy that does not have an original’, or the idea that sometimes we create our identities out of nothing, becoming hyperreal,” says composer Amy Brandon (photo above).

You can learn more about Amy and her new album at amybrandon.ca or follow her on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Avery Dakin – Day Dreaming

Halifax pop/R&B singer-songwriter Avery Dakin has released a cover of the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin’s Day Dreaming. Recorded live off the floor to tape at Halifax’s Fang Recording, the single is now available on streaming platforms.

You can learn more about Avery and her new album at averydakinmusic.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok, as well as on Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.

Jah’Mila – East Coast Family

Fresh off her two wins at the 2023 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the Black Artist Recognition Award from Creative Nova Scotia, Halifax singer-songwriter Jah’Mila has released her new single, East Coast Family.

Also available on multiple streaming platforms, the song was recorded across several studios in Nova Scotia and Kingston, Jamaica. The fusion of hip-hop, reggae, and Celtic music features Aquakultre, Wolf Castle, and Wendy MacIsaac.

You can learn more about Jah’Mila and her new album at jahmilamusic.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as on Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.

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